Written by bestselling author Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy), the novel centers on a teenage Diana, princess of the Amazons, who longs to prove herself to her warrior sisters. However, when the opportunity finally arrives, she tosses away her chance and risks exile by breaking Amazon law to save a mortal. No, not Steve Trevor, but Alia Keralis, a mysterious girl who must face the horrible truth that she’s a Warbringer, a direct descendant of Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed. Together, Diana and Alia must face enemies both mortal and divine who are determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer.
“I was brought on to tell my version of Diana’s evolution as a hero, and it’s been pretty thrilling to try to pull that off,” Bardugo tells Bustle. “I don’t really think it’s about taking liberties, because there’s a varied canon already. I came to the project knowing I wanted to keep some essential elements of Wonder Woman lore intact, and that I wanted to preserve the strength and kindness at Diana’s core. But I also knew I had my own story to tell and my own spin I wanted to put on her mythology.”
“Wonder Woman: Warbinger” is part of the DC Icons line announced in March by DC Entertainment and Random House. The novel will debut in August 2017, followed by “Batman,” by Marie Lu (“The Young Elites”); “Superman,” by Matt de la Peña (“Mexican Whiteboy,” “The Living”); and “Catwoman,” by Sarah J. Maas (The Thrones of Glass series).
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